How do rooms get assigned?

There’s a place for you! Our first year room assignment process considers over 20 factors, including your personal preferences, before assigning you a space. We work hard to ensure that the maximum number of incoming first-year students are assigned to one of their top preferences.

Here are some of the key factors we consider:

Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities

If you select to participate in a Waterloo Residences Living-Learning Community, you will be automatically assigned to the residence where the Living-Learning Community is based. For example, if you choose to join the School of Accounting and Finance community based in Village 1, you will automatically be assigned to Village 1. You will still have the option to choose your preferred room style (single, double, interconnecting) and request a roommate. If you select to participate in a Science Academic Cluster, you will have the option to choose any of the available Science Academic Cluster communities.

For Living-Learning Communities in the University Colleges, every effort will be made to place you in the University College where the community is based, however, depending on demand, you may be placed in another residence community.


Academic Stream

Fall/winter (8-stream) and fall/spring (4-stream) students are assigned to different residences on campus since not all our residences are open for the spring term.

Fall/winter students may be assigned to any of our residences.

Fall/spring students may be assigned to any of our residences for the fall term and receive an alternative assignment in UW Place (including Claudette Millar Hall) for the spring term. 

Accessibility Needs

Accessibility needs

Students that may require accommodations for documented medical reasons must go through the Accessible Housing process. Priority is given to students that submit documentation by June 1. Please visit the Accessible Housing website for additional information.


Roommate requests

As a student in Waterloo Residences, you can request to be placed with one roommate in any of our residence communities. This request must be mutual to be considered, that is, your roommate must also request to be placed with you, and your top residence preferences must match. Students that request a roommate are not allocated into single traditional-style rooms (except interconnecting single rooms).

Once we have your mutual roommate request, we will do our best to place you with your roommate.

Whether you apply as an individual student or roommate pair, you have an equal chance of being assigned in any of your top preferences! No need to scramble together a roommate group to increase your chances of securing a particular room style.


Residence ranking

Unless you selected a Living-Learning Community or Science Academic Cluster with a predetermined residence, you can rank your preference of residence and room type.

If you submitted a roommate request, make sure your top preferences for residence and room  type match your roommate request i.e. do not request a roommate and select a single room in a traditional-style residence as your top preference. If you request a roommate but still wish to have your own room, you and your roommate can choose interconnecting singles or suite-style residence options.

You have to rank all available residence options, even if your roommate request makes you ineligible in certain residences. Note: Students that request a roommate are not allocated into single traditional-style rooms (except interconnecting single rooms).

Space Availability

Space availability

It is important that you are comfortable living in any of our residences.

Each residence has a predetermined number of rooms/suites for incoming first-year students.

In the event that your prefered residence or room type is not available you could be assigned to any of our residences or room types.

Personality Matching

Personal Preferences

You are asked specific questions about your personal preferences to help us match you with potential room/suitemates. This helps us match you to other students more effectively.

While living with a matched roommate may make you feel uncertain, these questions will be used to match you with your future roommate.



Regardless of where you are assigned, there are a number of opportunities to connect with other students and staff for support. Each residence has its own unique community with programming developed by professional and caring staff to make your experience in residence amazing!

We can't wait to see you in residence this fall.